Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

 

Russia as Restraining Factor in the Iranian-Israeli Confrontation in Syria

editor 1 June 2018

By Zvi Magen, Vera Michlin-Shapir and Udi Dekel..  INSS Insight No. 1062, May 29, 2018. Given the recent escalation between Iran and Israel in Syria and the development of a direct confrontation between them, the question of the Russian position arises: Is Russia trapped between hawkish factors and being forced, against its will, to position itself as a restraining force or can it benefit from an Israeli-Iranian confrontation, especially as it still controlled and limited? [Photo top right: Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad | Photo credit: kremli.ru].  (more…)

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PM Netanyahu: Iran Is Moving Advanced Offensive Weaponry into Syria

editor 8 May 2018

By Prime Minister’s Office.. PM Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting this morning (May 6, 2018). “On Tuesday (May 7, 2018) I will leave for Nicosia for the fourth meeting with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece. I will discuss with them a series of issues, first and foremost the feasibility of laying a joint Israeli-Cypriot-Greek gas pipeline to Italy. The export of Israeli gas to Western Europe could make a very significant contribution to the Israeli economy. [Photo top right: PM Benjamin Netanyahu | Credit Goverment Press Office].  (more…)

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220 Airstrikes on Palestinians; World Yawns

editor 2 May 2018

By Khaled Abu Toameh.. Dropping barrels of dynamite on houses and hospitals in a Palestinian refugee camp is apparently of no interest to those who pretend to champion Palestinians around the world. Nor does the issue seem to move the UN Security Council. UNRWA said that of the estimated 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining inside Syria, more than 95% (418,000) are in critical need of sustained humanitarian assistance. [Photo top right: Yarmouk camp, Syria | Credit: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús from Klickr]. (more…)

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Analysis: Latest Israeli airstrike in Syria likely stopped new Iranian threat

editor 13 April 2018

By J-Wire.. The recent missile strike on a military airbase deep in the central Syrian desert looks like the latest instalment in a long-standing Israeli campaign to police its red lines against highly dangerous developments to its north…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Usually, such strikes are driven by incoming intelligence of threatening activity underway in Syria—activity that breaches Jerusalem’s ban on Iran from constructing military bases in Syria, from setting up weapons factories there and from using Syria as a transit zone for the trafficking of advanced arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon. [Photo top right: The Syrian Tiyas Military Airbase, also known as the T-4 Airbase located in Homs province | Credit: Screenshot via Wikimapia].  (more…)

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Israel’s chief rabbi: Jews have a ‘moral obligation’ to help end the genocide in Syria

editor 13 April 2018

By JNS.. Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared that Israel has a “moral obligation” to intervene in what he called a genocide being committed against the people of Syria by its president, Bashar Assad. Viral images of toddlers and young children receiving emergency medical aid, inhalers and oxygen treatments have raised an international outcry against the use of chemical weapons by Assad in his protracted war against insurgents, who currently control the city of Douma northeast of Damascus. [Photo top right: Chief Rabbi Itzhak Yosef | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Israel Puts Iran On Notice – The warning that the Al Kibar strike sends out

editor 5 April 2018

By Ari Lieberman.. Israel’s recent disclosure that its air force reduced Syria’s Al Kibar atomic bomb facility to rubble came across as one of the worst kept secrets in modern history. International media outlets had already published detailed accounts of the successful strike and even former president George W. Bush made reference to the raid in his memoirs. The reasons for the formal acknowledgement now, 11 years after the fact are threefold. First, as already noted, everyone and their uncle knew Israel was responsible so there was no point in maintaining continued silence on the issue. (more…)

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Iran Builds Facilities in Syria Close to Russian Bases to Avoid Being Attacked

editor 29 March 2018

By Asharq Al-Awsat.. Iran is building military facilities and bases very close to Russian forces in Syria to keep them from being attacked by Israel, security sources in Tel Aviv said. Sources stressed that Israel has learned that Russians do not favor this activity, noting the increasing tension between Moscow and Tehran. According to Israeli security sources, Iranian facilities built close to Russian positions in Syria are publicly held as Iranian sites. [Photo top right: Iran’s Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri | Photo: AP].  (more…)

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Reframing the Middle Eastern and Palestinian Refugee Crises

editor 16 March 2018

By Dr. Alex Joffe and Dr. Asaf Romirowsky.. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There are two Middle Eastern refugee crises currently vying for resources and attention. One is nominally focused on Syria but in fact extends from Libya to Afghanistan. The other crisis is Palestinian and has supposedly been going on since 1948. A closer look at the causes of these crises shows the former to be primarily the result of the collapsing Arab state system and the rise of militant Islam, while the latter cannot be considered a crisis at all. [Photo top right: RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP – MAY 15: Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud AL-arja 80 year from Rafah refugee camp, shows off the keys of his house in Beer AI-saba, which is now located in Israel, during rally 15 May 2007. In Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip Palestinians Commemorate May 15 as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, to mark the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba the day the Israeli state was created in 1948. (Photo by STR Getty Images)]. (more…)

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The Middle East’s Coming War

editor 14 February 2018

By Ronan Bergman.. In the early hours of Saturday morning (February 10, 2018), the Middle East was on the brink of yet another war. During the night, according to my high-ranking sources, Israel’s intelligence services had been tracking an Iranian drone that was launched by the Quds division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the Tiyas air base in central Syria. A minute and a half after the drone entered Israeli airspace, an Israeli Air Force attack helicopter shot it out of the sky. Simultaneously, eight Israeli fighter jets fired missiles at the drone’s command and control center at Tiyas, blowing it up, along with the Iranians manning the center. (Iran has denied that its drone was shot down or that its troops were killed.) [Photo top right: Remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that crashed in northern Israel on Saturday, after coming under antiaircraft fire. CreditAbir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency].  (more…)

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Experts warn of ‘escalation’ between Israel and Russia over Syria

editor 10 February 2018

By Ariel Ben Solomon.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week did not appear to resolve the two countries’ differing objectives in Syria, and it remains unclear if the status-quo can continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week did not appear to resolve the two countries’ differing objectives in Syria, and it remains unclear if the status-quo can continue. [Photo top right: Russian President Vladimir Putin spent Monday in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During their meeting at the Israeli leader’s residence, they discussed concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, with Mr. Netanyahu urging Russia to increase pressure on Iran to curb its activity, and Mr. Putin giving no sign of concessions on the subject. (Ria-Novosti via Associated Press)].  (more…)

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